A colorful model of the circadian clock
Department of Neurobiology
Medical Subject Headings
Animal Migration; Animals; Brain; Butterflies; Circadian Rhythm; Models, Animal; Models, Biological; Time Factors
Neuroscience and Neurobiology
The migration of the colorful monarch butterfly provides biologists with a unique model system with which to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying a sophisticated circadian clock. The monarch circadian clock is involved in the induction of the migratory state and navigation over long distances, using the sun as a compass.
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Citation: Cell. 2006 Jan 27;124(2):233-6. Link to article on publisher's site